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Graduation Rates in the KC Metro Area: How Does Your School Rank?

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Curious to know how your local school ranks in terms of graduation rate?

Yesterday the federal government released the rates for most districts nationwide, and the KC Education Enterprise has sorted out the information for schools in our metro area. These are numbers for the 2010-2011 academic year, which are the most recent available. That was the first year all districts reported graduates using the same calculation method. According to the U.S. Department of Education:

Previously, the variety of methods states used to report high school graduation rates made comparisons among states unreliable. While the new measure is not comparable to previously reported rates, it provides a more accurate snapshot of high school graduation and can inform schools’ efforts to improve going forward.

Across the metro area, graduation rates range from 11 to 97 percent.

If you see a notation such as “PS” or “GE 95” next to your school, the class was so small that the rate has been withheld to protect student privacy. For medium-size classes, a range — such as “90-94” — is provided for the same reason.

Below the graduation rate charts, we have listed the ten top-performing schools as well as the ten lowest-performing, for which numbers are available.

2011 Graduation Rates Kansas City Metropolitan Area

2011 Graduation Rates Kansas City Metropolitan Area
2011 Graduation Rates Kansas City Metropolitan Area

This dataset contains school level information on the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates calculated by state education agencies in accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations on ESEA, Title I, published in 2008. The dataset contains information on the number of students identified within the cohort for 2010-11 graduation, along with the percent of those students graduating with a high school diploma within four years. The reported graduation rate has been reported in a manner that protects the privacy of individuals within the data. The privacy protections vary based on the n-size of the student group whose graduation rate is being reported. To interpret these data appropriately, please utilize the cohort count that is reported for each graduation rate and reference section 4.1 of the Public File Documentation for details on the privacy protections. For more information on the data file and guidance for its appropriate use, please read the Public File Documentation.https://explore.data.gov/Education/2011-Graduation-Rates-Kansas-City-Metro-Area-Desce/ui8p-rzix

This dataset contains school level information on the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rates calculated by state education agencies in accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations on ESEA, Title I, published in 2008. The dataset contains information on the number of students identified within the cohort for 2010-11 graduation, along with the percent of those students graduating with a high school diploma within four years. The reported graduation rate has been reported in a manner that protects the privacy of individuals within the data. The privacy protections vary based on the n-size of the student group whose graduation rate is being reported. To interpret these data appropriately, please utilize the cohort count that is reported for each graduation rate and reference section 4.1 of the Public File Documentation for details on the privacy protections. For more information on the data file and guidance for its appropriate use, please read the Public File Documentation.
https://explore.data.gov/Education/2011-Graduation-Rates-Kansas-City-Metropolitan-Are/p3qi-hmbj

Schools with the highest graduation rates in the metro area:

  1. Blue Valley West High
  2. Olathe Northwest High School
  3. Blue Valley High
  4. Staley High
  5. Blue Valley Northwest High
  6. Blue Valley North High
  7. Mill Valley High School
  8. Platte County High
  9. Park Hill South High
  10. Shawnee Mission East High

Schools with the lowest graduation rates in the metro area:

  1. Grandview Sr. High
  2. Van Horn High
  3. Southwest Early College Campus
  4. J C Harmon High
  5. Central High
  6. Northeast High
  7. East High School
  8. Fairfax Campus
  9. Insight School of KS at Hilltop Ed Center
  10. Ruskin High

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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